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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions continued to intensify throughout the United States.  DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) increased from 66 to 72, while the percent area of D0 (abnormally dry), D1 (moderate drought), D2 (severe drought), and D3 (extreme drought) increased across the country.

Over this past week, above-normal temperatures persisted in the Southeast and the Northeast, while cold fronts swept across most of the country west of the Appalachians. Areas of the West, Tennessee Valley to New England and central to southern Plains received minimal to no precipitation. Conversely, above-normal precipitation occurred across the northern Plains, the central Plains to the Mid-Mississippi Valley, as well as portions of Texas, the Great Lakes and Southeast. Even with this precipitation over the past week, dryness and drought conditions either persisted or intensified in parts of Texas and the Southeast due to prolonged dryness and warm temperatures over these past few months. For instance, 4-month precipitation deficits have been more than 10 inches below normal across many areas of the Southeast and parts of Texas, and 6 or more in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Consequently, stream flows, soil conditions and vegetation have been impacted.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Over this past week, parts of Texas received more than 2 inches of rain, reducing some abnormal dryness and drought conditions. However, the rest of the state did not experience the same drought relief, as the percent area of D1, D2, D3 and D4 conditions increased, particularly in central and southern Texas.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Parts of Oklahoma also experienced rainfall this week, but overall, D0 expanded further in central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle, while conditions intensified to D2 in Texas County.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Rainfall alleviated D0 conditions in some areas of southeastern Louisiana, while D2 conditions expanded in several counties in northeastern Louisiana.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Intensifying dryness over the past few months in New Mexico induced the percent area of D0 to expand by nearly 15 percent in the north-central and northeastern portions of the state.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Drier-than-normal conditions continued to impact the Southeastern U.S. Georgia has been particularly affected, as the percent area of D2 and D3 increased by nearly 22 and 5 percent, respectively. Now, nearly 98 percent of Georgia is experiencing at least a moderate drought, while over 85 percent of Georgia is experiencing a severe drought.

 

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Rainfall was above normal in a few areas of North Carolina, causing slight decreases in D2 in parts of western North Carolina. However, similar to the rest of the Southeast, dryness and drought conditions increased overall.

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Over the next week, the greatest precipitation accumulations in the U.S. are forecasted to occur in the Pacific Northwest, Southeast Texas, and Mid-Atlantic. Little to no rainfall is projected to occur across the West (California and Nevada) and Southwest.. To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

 

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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